On Monday 15 May, in a packed Old Shul, Professor Milton Shain launched the third volume in his series on the history of antisemitism in South Africa.
Fascists, Fabricators and Fantasists explores the long history of hostile attitudes and irrational fantasies about Jews that existed during apartheid and how they continue to be shaped today.
In conversation with Dr Michael Cardo, Professor Shain elaborated on the political landscape in which antisemitism waxed and waned in South Africa. The discussion included a spotlight on historical figures, on both the right and left sides of the ideological spectrum, who have promoted negative stereotypes and outright lies about Jews. Professor Shain’s immense knowledge of his topic was evident as he exposed the underlying framework of thought that has allowed antisemitism to survive and mutate in successive generations.
After the talk, the author signed copies of the book for the many audience members who were inspired to enlighten themselves further.
Fascists, Fabricators and Fantasists is on sale at the SAJM gift shop and is a fascinating read.
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